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Disciples of the Prince of Peace? Christian Resources for Nonviolent Peacebuilding

R. Scott Appleby

in Beyond Violence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223336
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823223336.003.0007

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

Disciples of the Prince of Peace?             Christian Resources for Nonviolent Peacebuilding

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This chapter presents a paper given at the international conference titled “Beyond Violence: Religious Sources for Social Transformation.” The paper argues that since the end of World War II, momentum has been developing, within both Christian theology and praxis, toward nonviolent peacebuilding as the heart of the Christian ethic. Today nonviolence is seen by significant numbers of Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants—as well as, of course, by members of the historic peace churches—not merely as an option, but as the nonnegotiable dimension of Christian discipleship. Peacebuilding is the constructive agenda of the nonviolent agents of social change. The paper traces the emergence of nonviolence itself as a priority within mainstream Christian communities.

Keywords: conference; Beyond Violence; Christianity; Christian; nonviolent peacebuilding; social change

Chapter.  11232 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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